After you are awakened and brought into the recovery room following your breast reduction surgery, the nurse will monitor your vitals until you are ready to be released. This is dependent upon the patient but may take up to two hours or more. You will feel quite tender and possibly confused as the anesthesia wears off.
A drain may have been inserted to allow the fluids to drain from the surgical site. You will be swollen and bruised and will more than likely be wearing a compression garment or surgical bra with elastic bandages protecting your breasts and dressings.
It is important that you keep your incisions/suture line dry. You will have your incision sites checked during your first post-operative visit with Dr. Agha.
Pain tolerances depend upon the individual, but you will feel tender, stiff and sore for a few days and will more than likely not want to move too much. This will subside. Be sure to take your required medications and follow the precise instructions provided to you by our office.
As with all surgeries, swelling will be an issue. Swelling is a normal reaction to an injury and is categorized as a natural inflammatory action. You may be swollen for up to 6 weeks, although this could be very slight and only noticed by you. Your breasts, of course, will be smaller than they were before and higher, so you may not notice swelling much.
Some bruising will be present after your breast reduction surgery. This depends entirely on the patient.
Sleeping can be difficult initially. It is important to sleep with at least 2 to 3 fluffy pillows under your upper back and head to keep your torso elevated. This helps relieve pressure on your treatment area, reducing swelling and pain.
Even though you may not feel like it, Dr. Agha advises you to walk and move around on the first day after your breast reduction. If you do not and lie around you may develop blood clots and or retain fluid (swelling, edema) a lot longer.
You are instructed not to exercise or engage in strenuous activities for at least 6 weeks.
Breast reduction recovery times vary for each individual. Take your time in healing so that you give yourself the best healing opportunity possible.
Dr. Agha recommends light exercise to reduce swelling and prevent clotting. Light exercise includes walking, stretching, moving arms and legs while sitting. After the first week or two, cardiovascular activities such as riding a stationary bicycle or brisk walking can be initiated. You may gradually advance your exercises as tolerated.
Your first menstruation following breast reduction surgery may cause your breasts to swell and hurt. You may also experience random, shooting pains for a few months. You can expect some loss of feeling in your nipples and breast skin, caused by the swelling after surgery. This usually fades over the next six weeks or so.